According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Sleep Guidelines, infants should sleep between 12 to 16 hours, while growing toddlers should grab between 11 to 14 hours of shut-eye. That's why picking the perfect crib mattress is key for a good night (and naptime) slumber for your little lamb.
While there are several factors to consider when choosing a crib mattress and setting up a safe sleep environment for your child. Parents should select "a firm mattress that is made for the crib, meaning perfect in size with a tight-fitting sheet," suggests S. Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. "There should be no space between the mattress and the sides of the crib."
And other than a fitted sheet, there shouldn't be anything in the baby's bed, particularly during the first year. "The most common mistake that parents make is putting something in the crib besides a tightly swaddled baby," says Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. "There should be no stuffed animals, no crib bumpers and no sleep positioners. Just make sure it is a new crib that is up to current standards."
Dr. Ganjian also advises against using an old crib and mattress. "Hand me downs used to be great, but now you really have to watch out for them, since many have been recalled or are dangerous because there is some subtle defect that you might not be aware of."
In celebration of Sleep Awareness Week, we've rounded up our top picks of comfy, crib mattresses with quality features to ensure that tired newborns and tots transitioning to a toddler bed sleep like babies so Mom and Dad can rest a whole lot easier.
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Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!
Turn the organized chaos that is your child's playroom into a serene spot of tidiness with systematic shelving to ease your days. Though we may not be able to control how the play area will look post-nap time, we can ensure we have a toy organizer (or two!) to hold the goods once bedtime rolls around.
When considering a car seat for your child, we know first-hand just how many options you're faced with. Of course safety comes first, but there are other factors to consider, such as ease of installation and knowing what is the correct car seat to fit your child.
We are happy to report that the Chicco Fit4 solves many (if not all) of the issues parents face when choosing a car seat. We got to try out the new car seat for ourselves and have fallen in love with how easy it is to install and how it fits our child perfectly at every stage!
Being an on-the-go parent doesn't mean you have to give up style for comfort, especially when it comes to footwear. Instead of relying on one pair of sneakers that may or may not get you through the day, treat yourself to something fabulous yet comfortable. From popular brands and stores like Toms, Allbirds, Crocs, and Nordstom comes our list of the most comfortable shoes for standing all day.
No one wants to have to put together a nursery after the baby is born. Make your newborn feel right at home by preparing baby's first nursery ahead of time. As a mommy-to-be, you have many things on your mind. Have no fear; we're here to help ensure you don't overlook certain products that should be on the nursery checklist. These 10 nursery essentials from Houzz are about to make your life with a little one a whole lot easier just by adding them to your baby's room.
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Bust your kids' boredom with one of these STEM activity kits. They'll have so much fun with these experiments and activities, they won't even realize they're learning. And since they'll need your help with some of the fun, you'll all get some quality time together.